Watch an album teaser from VaVatican (playing The Rotunda on 1/16)

Avant-garde jazz quartet VaVatican is prepping for the release of their next record Falling In Love With U with a teaser video and an appearance at The Rotunda this Wednesday, January 16th.  Finding a middle ground between free-form improvisation and angular structures, the Prom Night Records musicians operate in the vein of abstract painters, creating detailed and impressionistic soundscapes that tell a hundred different stories for each interpretation.  Information for Wednesday’s free show with Superlith and MPSP can be found here.  Watch VaVatican’s teaser trailer below.


The Key’s Year-End Mania: Elliott Sharp’s Top Five Local Albums To Listen To Loudly With Headphones

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, contributing writer Elliott Sharp shares his top five local albums to listen to loudly with headphones.


1. Bee Mask – When We Were Eating Unripe Pears (Spectrum Spools)

The experimental electronic musician Chris Madak stretches sounds so far your ears will rip, and bleed, and it feels delicious, like an unripe pear.

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